I recommend this article on Thomas Edison's first recording (1878, 135 years ago): http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/10/scient...
...And the OLDEST HUMAN VOICE RECORDING OF ALL TIME (April 9, 1860 (153 years ago)), by a guy named Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville living in France who built a machine to produce visual representations of audio with a pencil (for the study, he didn't know you could replay it): http://www.firstsounds.org/sounds/scott.php
Imagine a pottery wheel spinning thousands of years ago, and people talking as it spun. Then imagine that for some reason, a stick or other object was leaning against the wheel, and engraving a pattern. Theoretically, the vibrations of the people speaking would be picked up (at some level) by this engraving.
The end result is that if you had a device that was sufficiently sensitive, and you could remove a sufficiently large amount of noise (caused by other sources of vibration), then you could reconstruct an actual recording of people speaking thousands of years ago.
Of course, it is not likely that this will happen in the near future, or even at all. In fact, a quick search will show that it has already been used as an April Fools joke by some scientists .
However, that is not to say that it is impossible.
The reason I love this thought experiment is because it goes to show that if you start with the presumption that at some point, our tools become better, then there are very few limits to what can be found out. What would happen if you went back 150 years and told everybody that in 150 years, we would have tools that can track the trajectories of sub-atomic particles as they travel at speeds horrendously close to the speed of light?
 - http://www.ohgizmo.com/2006/02/20/5000-year-old-recordings-c...
One of the problems I see is that the pottery surface is inherently noisy, and the signal is very low. That would make recovering anything terribly remote. This isn't about needing better resolution to recover the signal, it's about the signal not being there because it's been obliterated by noise.
What if it turns out there is actually a predictable pattern to the noise on a ceramic surface. Perhaps there is a way that the molecules fit together that mean there is a few rules that govern the noise, such that we can then indeed remove it from any "recordings".
Or maybe there's some mathematical properties of noise that are yet to be understood which allow us to remove it correctly.
Or perhaps there is some arm of science which doesn't even exist yet (in the same way quantum computing didn't exist so long ago).
Johannes Brahms playing his Hungarian Dance #1 (1889)
A recording of German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1889)
There's also some others located at the US National Park site. Although we all have our love/hate of Edison, one of the more positive things he did was record many famous people out of interest or for the sake of posterity. William Jennings Bryan, William H. Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Edison himself and many others are on that site.
This recording is the first time I've heard someone else pronounce it as two syllables, but it may also be the first time I've ever heard the name pronounced by a non-US speaker.
Also, where's the thick Scottish accent?
There are numerous distinct accents across Scotland despite it being a pretty tiny country.
His father would have elocuted it out of him.
Americans have a problem pronouncing some things.
I always though it would be two syllables.
I can't find a reason why it would be otherwise (unless it was French, but even then...)
Tell me, how do the English pronounce "Worcestershire"?
Here's a website with an audio clip of that pronunciation (http://inogolo.com/pronunciation/Graham)
Here's a website that has many pronunciations. (http://www.forvo.com/search/graham)
The Forvo website is interesting because it has some American (?) accents using the 2 syllable form, and some (Lindsey Graham) using the single syllable form.
(DuckDuckGo's search results were particularly useful for me here.)
Bell stole the telephone invention to Meucci.
Bell was actually a pretty awesome engineer largely motivated by wanting to help the impaired.
They should really make a lossless .wav or .flac available IMHO, but that's a different gripe...
But in any case, how would you design a recording device? The text says there were mostly cylinders and discs, which makes sense because you can put a spiral track on those. In the disc case you would have to rotate them around their Z axis which pretty much requires a hole in the center. So I guess it's not that surprising that Bell's cardboard-and-wax disc, vinyl records, laserdiscs and CDs all look pretty similar.